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Soldiers marching past the Kremlin.

NEVER CORNER SOMEONE. That's the lesson, a little boy learned from an encounter with a rat in a dimly lit, rat-infested alleyway of an apartment complex in late Soviet Russia. Little the rat knew, that the boy would become the future President of Russia. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born in Leningrad now know as St. Petersburg in the year 1952. The city had endured one of the most gruesome sieges of World War 2 merely eight years ago. The residents and infrastructure still bore marks of the brutal Nazi siege, buildings were damaged, basic essential services were still non-existent and the people were still traumatized by the war.

Putin's family lived in a communal apartment which measly measured around 180 sqft. They shared the apartment with an elderly Jewish couple. Little Putin, fondly called as Volodya, was of a slight build and used to chase rats with a stick in the dimly lit alleyways of the building. That's what was passed on as a game. Once Volodya chased and cornered a rat, with nowhere to go, the rat, in turn, pounced on him. Little Volodya was able to escape the rat but the incident was able to leave an inedible mark on his character.

A bust of Lenin and a mosaic of the hammer and sickle inside the Moscow Palace of Youth. Photo by Steve Harvey on Unsplash.

Many who know him intimately like his biographer Nataliya Gevorkyan, say that Putin has a specific mentality: When he is in a corner, he will strike.

"He said, 'I learned very well. I learned forever don't try to push somebody into the corner. They will jump. Because when you don't have [anything] to lose, you just—you attack,'" says Gevorkyan. "I think it's absolutely true about himself. When he's in a corner, that's why he's dangerous. He can jump. He will not say, 'OK, let's talk.' He will jump."

The attack can be either verbal or non-verbal. Putin's acrid comments are condemned globally but back in Russia, they are glorified. Putin's rash, thuggish demeanour garners him public support from ordinary Russians.

The infamous comment, "We are going to pursue terrorists everywhere. If they are at the airport, we will pursue them at the airport. And if we capture them in the toilet, then we will waste them in the outhouse. The issue has been resolved once and for all" is a classic example of belligerent Vladimir Putin.

A crowd watches the hourly changing of the honour guard at Lenin's mausoleum in Red Square, Moscow 1986. President Boris Yeltsin ended the honour guard in 1993. Photo by Steve Harvey on Unsplash.

Considering the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, the recent war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, anti-government protests in Belarus and the uncertainty of the Covid-19 crisis, Russia seems to be cornered. Putin understands very well that Russia needs a buffer between its borders and the NATO alliance. Putin sees the anti-government protest in Belarus as an act of the West to install a West-favoring government, just similar to Ukraine. Analyzing the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan, Vladimir Putin sees an opportunity to expand Russia's sphere of influence and to undermine western powers in Asia. With the world's most advanced air defence system, the S400 slated to be delivered to India by the year-end, Russia's stakes are much higher in Asia. Pakistan's rebuttal by Russia and likewise China's by America puts India in the spotlight.

Concluding, the West needs to be more cautious than ever before and not undermine Vladimir Putin's intentions. If undermined, an unforeseen event similar to or worse than The Crimean Annexation is impending. Moreover, India needs to navigate the world superpowers craftily and lay emphasis on growing its influence in the South Asian subcontinent.

Keywords: Russia, Afghanistan, Afghan Conflict, India, Vladimir Putin.


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Books that you can read in 2022.

Reading allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the world around you, stimulating your creativity and keeping your mind engaged.

A list of new releases published by Aleph:

What the Heck Do I Do With My Life?: How to Flourish in Our Turbulent Times

Many causes, including technology, climate change, demographics, and inequality, will cause our planet to change more in this century than in all of human history. Extreme change is offering unparalleled opportunities for individuals, companies, and society, as well as a 'adaptive challenge.' Those who can adapt to a fast-paced, complex, dynamic, and unpredictably changing world will prosper. Those who are unable to do so will suffer immensely.

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There are obvious signals that we need new ways of thinking about the world and our place in it all over the place. Our old ways of thinking about education, lifestyle, success, and happiness are no longer valid. What are the changes in the workplace? When future jobs are still being invented, how can you know what talents will be useful? Will 'jobs' even exist in the future, or will we be relegated to a world of projects and freelance work? What do you do with all of this and more?

What the Heck Do I Do With My Life? is a book on figuring out what you want to do with your life. Ravi Venkatesan argues that effective adaptation in the twenty-first century necessitates a "paradigm shift," a new attitude, new talents, and new techniques. Ravi also considers how, rather than drifting along like a piece of driftwood, we will need to live life more consciously, making deliberate decisions about who we are, what we do, and how we live.

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Neeraj Chopra: From Panipat to The Podium

On the night of August 7, 2021, a billion Indians' long-held desire came true as Neeraj Chopra won gold in the javelin in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The wait, on the other hand, had been extremely long. In reality, this is India's first individual gold medal in athletics since the modern Olympic Games began. The entire country showered him with affection when he did it in his signature flair and smile. The media went crazy, and the youth discovered a new source of inspiration. People flocked to get their photos taken with him, and businesses discovered a new wonder-ambassador. Neeraj Chopra: I'm Neeraj Chopra, and I'm From Panipat to the Podium begins in a small village in Panipat and tells the story of his formative years, which were marked by restricted resources and opportunities. It takes readers through his journey to Panchkula and then to the national camp in his quest to conquer the world.

My Cricket Hero: XII Indians on their XII favourite Cricketers

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It's A Wonderful World: A Memoir

His book is a provocative read that makes us wish we had a life like his. Khalid Ansari's life has been an exciting and purposeful journey in service to his fellow human beings, beginning with his birth in Mumbai's impoverished Madanpura to a father who began his life as an orphan and a mother from a poor household. Ansari has attempted to depict some highlights of a splendored life that he has been lucky to experience, catching stars while chasing rainbows in this 'donkey's tale'. It's been la vie en rose for him, from founding newspapers and magazines to representing his country at the United Nations, accompanying dignitaries on state visits, covering cricket Test matches, nine Olympics, Commonwealth and Asian Games, travelling the world, and being awarded the Padma Shri award. The author has worked hard to keep this narrative from devolving into a 'I-did-this-did-that' pat-on-the-back, shabash!' By 'spicing' it up with dollops of frothy stories and self-critical bon mots, he has attempted a discourse on the meaning of life, the 'right path,' and the like, even as he has attempted a discourse on the purpose of life, the 'right route,' and the like.

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